Application of the HGPT methodology of reactor operation problems with a nodal mixed method

A.M. Baudron, G.B. Bruna, A. Gandini, J.J. Lautard, S. Monti, G. Pizzigati

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Abstract

The heuristically based generalized perturbation theory (HGPT), to first and higher order, applied to the neutron field of a reactor system, is discussed in relation to quasistatic problems. This methodology is of particular interest in reactor operation. In this application it may allow an on-line appraisal of the main physical responses of the reactor system when subject to alterations relevant to normal system exploitation, e.g. control rod movement, and/or soluble boron concentration changes to be introduced, for instance, for compensating power level variations following electrical network demands. In this paper, after describing the main features of the theory, its implementation into the diffusion, 3D mixed dual nodal code MINOS of the SAPHYR system is presented. The results from a small scale investigation performed on a simplified PWR system corroborate the validity of the methodology proposed. © 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1383 - 1402
Number of pages20
JournalAnnals of Nuclear Energy
Volume25
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Baudron, A. M., Bruna, G. B., Gandini, A., Lautard, J. J., Monti, S., & Pizzigati, G. (1998). Application of the HGPT methodology of reactor operation problems with a nodal mixed method. Annals of Nuclear Energy, 25(17), 1383 - 1402. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0306-4549(97)00104-7